On September 9, 2017, at the height of the Australian Marriage Law Postal Survey in Sydney, Australia, the film immediately drew attention to its non-apologetic depiction of same-sex relationships, with no conspiracy to revolve around coming out, homophobia or the sex industry. [8] Effective, shows a piece of daily life for a couple who happens to be two men. [9] [10] The film also put Paul Mercurio back in the spotlight. On April 11, 2017, hosts Larry Emdur and Kylie Gillies attempted to discuss Strictly Ballroom`s 25th anniversary in a live interview, but Paul redirected the conversation to A Silent Agreement. [11] A few months later, it was aired in Promised. Davo Hardy explained in interviews that the film was a response to his film mentors, who told him that he could not be a director because of his true stutter. [7] In the first Australian feature film presented to Auslan (Australian Sign Language), writer and director Davo Hardy plays a sensitive writer named Reuben, who deals with a language barrier as Derek`s deeply deaf friend (played by Joshua Sea… As Derek and Reuben discuss their shared ambitions in the arts and political activism, Reuben reveals his turbulent past and the origins of his barriers to expression. Derek encourages Reuben to direct his work away from theatre in independent film and offer to support him if necessary. Soon after, Derek Ruben`s Dream Mentor Gareth Donahue (played by Paul Mercurio) seeks to help him put his story The Burden of Being Me to the screen.

Shortly after, Reuben receives an emotional call from Courtney saying Derek died of an accident. At the funeral, Faye confronts Reuben and implores him to continue to honor Derek`s memory, but also to honor himself. Meanwhile, Lillian reads an article about Ruben`s play about Derek`s memory. Gareth`s only response is to make sure the play has no connection to the film on which he now holds the rights, otherwise they should file a complaint. Excited by Gareth`s lack of heart, Lillian hits him and agrees to cancel the contracts she had signed for Gareth. When Lillian concludes that her chance to have children has passed by her, she leaves Gareth and looks for Reuben at the theater where He and Derek met. She encourages him to rewrite his story in depth and modify key elements so that Gareth cannot claim copyright infringement. Similarly, Faye resumes her support for Reuben, for example at the time of her first Christmas since the death of her son.

A Silent Agreement is a 2017 Australian film by Davo Hardy. [1] This was the first theatrically released film that presented Auslan (Australian Sign Language) as the main language of the film`s dialogue and as a key element of the plot in the story. [2] [3] [4] It was a great example of how the world of the deaf and deaf came together. The relationship between Reuben and Derek was amazing, and I loved the way they fed each other energy. The reality of how the deaf community is seen as cheesy and that it had to be exploited was obvious, but the fact that the main character Reuben also had a disability (stuttering) made me feel that it was not touched enough in the film. My only criticism is that Gareth`s character seemed forced, his personality didn`t seem realistic to me. He seemed to portray a person as she was not in real life. He looked like a guy too nice to do that. Otherwise, I recommend this film to all deaf and hearing friends in the same way.